Foreign ministers of Cuba and Laos advocate stronger bilateral ties

Havana, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministers of Cuba and Laos, Bruno Rodriguez and Saleumxay Kommasith, respectively, advocated on Monday in this capital the strengthening of bilateral relations on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of their establishment.

Upon receiving his Asian counterpart at the headquarters of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Rodriguez expressed gratitude for ‘the permanent solidarity’ between the peoples and governments of both countries.

This visit reaffirms the shared will to deepen the excellent ties in all areas and is an opportunity to develop a political dialogue, the Cuban minister stressed.

The head of Cuban diplomacy added that Saleumxay’s presence responds to the high priority that Havana gives to its ties with Laos.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic considered that the two countries share a socialist ideology.

He indicated that Laos supports Cuba’s battle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

The official visit of the Laos foreign minister will last until November 12, and includes visits to sites of economic and social interest, according to official sources.

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has maintained excellent diplomatic relations with Cuba since their establishment in 1974.


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Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia

Donald Trump threatens Venezuela and Nicaragua after the coup that forced out President Evo Morales in Bolivia.
Donald Trump threatens Venezuela and Nicaragua after the coup that forced out President Evo Morales in Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military’s role in the coup.

Nov 11 (teleSUR) United States President Donald Trump has issued threats Monday against the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua after Sunday’s coup against President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

“The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere,” Trump said in a statement published on the Withe House’s website, adding that “these events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail.”

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military’s role in the coup Monday saying that “the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution.”

Following Trump’s threatening comments, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country is prepared to face the imperialist offensive.

“We are going to fight for peace, for the homeland, for sovereignty and for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The victory belongs to us and we will show it on the streets in a military-civic union,” Maduro declared

Venezuela and Nicaragua are currently suffering from harsh economic and commercial sanctions imposed by the U.S., which are illegal under international law.

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Cuba signs tourism promotion agreement with Chinese agency CTRIP

Shanghai, China, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese agency CTRIP, the world’s second largest online travel company, to position its tourist destinations on that important platform, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero reported.

The minister explained that as of this day the website will promote Cuba’s attractions in the so-called leisure industry, but in addition, his office will maintain contacts in order to strengthen further relations as the goal is to double in two or three years the arrival of Chinese travelers to that Caribbean nation.

CTRIP is based in Shanghai, was founded in 1999 and is also the largest online travel company in Southeast Asia.

It has become one of the largest providers of such services with a series of domestic and foreign platforms such as Skyscanner.

Meanwhile, Marrero announced that the Cuban Ministry of Tourism decided to appoint a permanent tourism counsellor at the Cuban Embassy in Beijing, who will be in charge of offering direct information on everything related to the development of the sector.

Marrero is undertaking a visit to China, which as well as several meetings, included a presentation at the Cuban Embassy in Beijing on Friday.


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Bolivia in Crosshairs of US Counter-revolution

Demonstration in support of Bolivian President Evo Morales after he announced his resignation on Sunday, in Buenos Aires.
Demonstration in support of Bolivian President Evo Morales after he announced his resignation on Sunday, in Buenos Aires. | Photo: Reuters

By: teleSUR / Cindy Forster

Nov 11 (teleSUR) In essence, Morales resigned to halt a campaign of terror. Paramilitary violence is being practiced by the right-wing and it has escalated.

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales Ayma has just resigned. Hours earlier, surrounded by leaders of the grassroots mass organizations that serve as a sort of “people’s cabinet,” he had called for new elections and a renovated Supreme Electoral Tribunal to oversee that process. These are political decisions since according to the Constitution he won the elections of October 20. 

In essence, Morales resigned to halt a campaign of terror. Paramilitary violence is being practiced by the right-wing and it has escalated. For weeks, those who look Indigenous have been attacked, with several deaths. More recently, a spate of attacks against MAS politicians and journalists has sought to drive fear into the majority of poor and rural Bolivians who deeply identify with the changes brought by 13 years of progressive rule under the guidance of Evo Morales.

Mexico Condemns Coup in Bolivia, Slams OAS Over Inaction

The governing party, Movement toward Socialism (MAS), also made a political decision to ask the Organization of American States (OAS) to conduct a recount before the results were known, and the OAS has just made public preliminary results saying that there were serious problems, however, Evo Morales may well have won the elections. Nevertheless, they advised that new elections be held.

Yesterday, Bolivian social movements in La Paz, the center of government, answered the calls of the right-wing for president Morales to resign with their own ultimatum: That the leaders of the right depart the city of La Paz within 48 hours and leave its inhabitants in peace. They announced that in the face of police mutinies, the social movements would form a civil police force to protect the constitution and its elected representatives. In a tradition of struggle that is hundreds of years old, they announced they would encircle La Paz, however, they would do so peacefully.

The president’s logic is clear: “Bolivia is living moments of conflict with the risk of grave confrontations among Bolivians. As president, my principal mission is to protect life, preserve the peace, social justice, economic stability, and the unity of the Bolivian family.”

The situation is dire and as always, the devil’s in the details that the right-wing press does not divulge. An anatomy of recent events reveals critical factors silenced by the mass media. These factors will unfold in the coming weeks and months in correlation with the international response.

How the coup plan has unfolded

On the evening of election day in Bolivia as votes were being counted, the rightwing candidate Carlos de Mesa realized that Evo Morales was quite possibly winning in the first round. De Mesa took that moment as the opening volley in the planned coup to topple MAS, the Movement toward Socialism led by Evo Morales Ayma. De Mesa abrogated the role of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and declared himself in a run-off election with Morales, the Indigenous president who has led most Bolivians from conditions of nineteenth-century servitude to an era of dignity and national sovereignty.

De Mesa’s arrogance is breathtaking. It also mirrors his faith in his funders and handlers, the old elites and the Trump administration. The usual players in the Republican right wish to boycott an Evo Morales administration in Bolivia, and U.S. operatives, in addition to those in the embassy, have been wandering around the countryside to create rightwing foci of resistance. Evidence of the coup-plotting that took place in the United States may be found at…

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Mexico Grants Evo Morales Political Asylum

Bolivia's President Evo Morales addresses the media at the presidential hangar in the Bolivian Air Force terminal in El Alto, Bolivia, November 10, 2019.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales addresses the media at the presidential hangar in the Bolivian Air Force terminal in El Alto, Bolivia, November 10, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Russia, China, Uruguay and Argentina also expressed support for Evo Morales.

Nov 11 (teleSUR) Mexico which has offered Bolivian President Evo Morales political asylum on Monday after his forced resignation in the wake of a coup, while thousands of pro-Morales protesters were marching towards the nation’s legislative assembly.

Major Police Repression Against Evo Morales’ Supports, 1 Dead

“It’s a coup because the army requested the resignation of the president, and that violates the constitutional order of that country,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

Ebrard recalled that Mexico was known for respecting the domestic affairs of any nation, as well as granting the right to political asylum for whoever suffered from political persecution.

He reported that Morales did a formal request following Mexico’s offer of asylum, and granted the status over “humanitarian reasons, and the emergency situation currently experienced in Bolivia.”

Russia also showed strong support for Morales, lamenting “an orchestrated coup.”

“We are alarmed by the dramatic developments in Bolivia, where the wave of violence, unleashed by the opposition, prevented the completion of Evo Morales’s presidential mandate,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

China also “hopes to see that both parts can find a political solution in Bolivia as soon as possible so political stability would return.”

Morales repeated on Monday that he was the victim of a conspiracy by enemies including election rival Carlos Mesa and protest leader Luis Fernando Camacho. “The world and our Bolivian patriots repudiate the coup,” he tweeted.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez echoed Morales’ denunciations, as well as Uruguay.

The departure of Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president and part of a wave of leftists who dominated Latin America’s politics at the start of the century, followed weeks of violent protests by far-right sectors pretexting fraud claims at the Oct. 20 re-election.

In a redrawing of Latin America’s political landscape, the left has regained power in both Mexico and Argentina, though powerhouse Brazil still retains a far-right government.

Bolivia under Morales had one of the region’s strongest economic growth rates and its poverty rate halved.

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Cuban president calls to safeguard Morales’ life following coup

Havana, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel called today to safeguard former Bolivian president Evo Morales’ life, after he was forced to resign during a coup d’etat.

A blow to the heart of democracy and the peoples of Our America in Bolivia,’ the Cuban head of state tweeted.

In another message on the social network, Díaz-Canel stressed that Morales’ government was the only one to have worked for the poorest in Bolivia.

The Caribbean head of State denounced the coup in the South American nation and called to protect the lives of Morales and other Bolivian leaders.

Díaz-Canel thus joined other personalities and institutions across the world that have denounced the coup in Bolivia, and recognized the decision of the leader of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) to resign in order to avoid further violence against authorities and indigenous people.

Morales’s resignation occurred amid violent acts by radical opposition groups that included attacks on indigenous people, including women, assaults and the burning of government buildings and kidnapping of leaders’ family members.

The Bolivian leader said he had decided to resign to avoid further attacks and aggressions by his opponents Carlos Mesa and Fernando Camacho against his MAS comrades.

He warned that Camacho and Mesa are responsible for the course of events in Bolivia, and anything that may happen to him or to former vice president Álvaro García Linera.


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Lopez Obrador denounces OAS’ silence on coup in Bolivia

Mexico, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador today issued a clear ‘No to silence’ in reference to the negative and servile attitude of the Organization of American States (OAS) regarding the coup in Bolivia.

The situation in Bolivia was the focus of the President’s daily press conference, in which Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard explained the government’s position of rejection and condemnation of the coup and referred to the position adopted by the OAS.

Following Ebrard’s presentation, Lopez Obrador reiterated the condemnation of the coup, and rejected the possibility of a military government, censorship and the position of the OAS, and stressed the need for a meeting to clarify the ‘very clear position of Mexico on that sensitive issue.’

He reiterated that he had expressed his recognition of President Evo Morales’ decision to resign, to protect the lives of his fellow citizens. ‘The rest with respect to Bolivia has already been explained very clearly and precisely by Marcelo Ebrard,’ he added.

The president also announced that the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs will continue to report permanently on the situation in Bolivia.

‘It deserves to be monitored, attention, and there are going to be proposals such as calling the OAS to urgently hold a meeting and actually set out a position. No to silence,’ he concluded.


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President of Cuba calls to safeguard the life of Evo Morales

Havana, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, called on the world to mobilize to safeguard the physical integrity and freedom of Evo Morales, victim of a coup d’etat promoted by the Bolivian right backed up by the US Government.

The right with violent and cowardly coup d’etat attempts against democracy in Bolivia. Our strong condemnation of the coup d’etat and our solidarity with the brother president. The world must be mobilized for the life and freedom of Evo, Diaz-Canel wrote in Twitter.

Morales announced on Sunday afternoon his resignation to prevent the escalation of violence, attacks and aggression promoted by opposition leaders Carlos Mesa and Fernando Camacho against followers of his Movement toward Socialism (MAS, in Spanish).

Bolivia’s right-wing parties refused to accept the result of the elections of last October 20 in which Morales won the reelection. The right-wing opposition instigated violence since then, and it has been escalating.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba issued a statement in which it strongly denounced the coup and expressed the firm support of the Cuban government and people to Evo Morales and his project of change for the benefit of the people.

The document calls on the International Community to take side with legality and peace, in observance of International Law and the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

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World Leaders, Organizations Condemn Coup Against Evo Morales in Bolivia

Bolivia's President Evo Morales addresses the media next to Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, at the presidential hangar in the Bolivian Air Force terminal, in El Alto, Bolivia November 9, 2019.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales addresses the media next to Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, at the presidential hangar in the Bolivian Air Force terminal, in El Alto, Bolivia November 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Cuba’s government was also quick to reject the coup as President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged for “the world to mobilize for the life and freedom of Evo.”

Nov 10 (teleSUR) World leaders and organizations expressed Sunday their solidarity with former Bolivian President Evo Morales under the hashtag #ElMundoconEvo (the World with Evo) and strongly condemned the right-wing coup which forced Morales to resign.

Bolivia: President Evo Morales Resigns Amid Right-Wing Coup

“I just heard that there was a coup d’état in Bolivia and that comrade Evo was forced to resign. It is unfortunate that Latin America has an economic elite that does not know how to live with democracy and the social inclusion of the poorest,” former Brazilian President and Leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said. 

The historic Brazilian leader’s message was echoed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who “categorically condemned the consummated coup d’etat against the brother president Evo,” adding that “the social and political movements of the world declare mobilization to demand the preservation of the life of the Bolivian Indigenous people victims of racism.”

Cuba’s government was also quick to reject the coup as President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged for “the world to mobilize for the life and freedom of Evo.” Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador praised Morales’ decision to put the people first over his mandate.

This comes as Morales was forced to resign Sunday after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country. 

“I decided to resign from my position so that Carlos Mesa and Luis Camacho stop abusing and harming thousands of brothers … I have the obligation to seek peace and it hurts a lot that we face Bolivians,” the former president of Bolivia said in a press statement.

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El quiebre institucional en Bolivia es inaceptable. El pueblo boliviano debe escoger cuanto antes, en elecciones libres e informadas, a su próximo gobierno.7,4303:05 PM – Nov 10, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,869 people are talking about thisArgentina’s President-elect Alberto Fernandez tweeted said that the “institutional breakdown in Bolivia is unacceptable. The Bolivian people must choose as soon as possible, in free and informed elections, their next government.

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera also said that he was resigning from his position. The two leaders said that they would be handing their resignation letters to the country’s National Assembly.

Soon after the president of the Senate also quit thus breaking the Constitutional line of succession. As the country plunges into further chaos, international solidarity continues to be shared for Morales and his government.

“To see Evo who, along with a powerful movement, has brought so much social progress forced from office by the military is appalling. I condemn this coup against the Bolivian people and stand with them for democracy, social justice, and independence,” British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted Sunday.

Social movements and organizations also shared their messages of support and condemnation to the internationally repudiated coup in Bolivia. 

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement energetically demanded “dictatorship never again,” as the called for the people to decide Bolivia’s future. While the Argentinian human rights movement of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo sided with Morales’ and his former vice president. 

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Bolivia in these hours of suffering and demand the continuity of the transparent and unrestricted electoral process,” the progressive Group of Puebla issued a statement adding that they “demand that the International Human Rights Bodies guarantee the clarification of the acts of violence committed, the trial and punishment of those responsible, and the restoration of order, peace, social life, and democracy in Bolivia.”

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End to US blockade of Cuba demanded in Miami


Washington, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) A new demand to the United States Government to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba was made in Miami, Florida, on Saturday night.

More than 50 people, mostly US citizens, participated in a rally at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, to demand the end to US blockade, which has nearly 60 years.

The initiative was sponsored by US Hands Off Venezuela South Florida, a coalition that opposes Washington’s sanctions, threats and attempts to promote a coup d’état in Venezuela.

Members of the Marti Alliance, bringing together organizations of Cuban emigrants, the Foundation for the Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba (FORNORM) and community and local organizations attended the event.

Several speakers, including Max Lesnik, Elena Freyre, Carlos Rafael Dieguez, Lorenzo Cañizares and Yvonne Hayes, referred to the damage caused by the US policy and the need to lift it.

They gave examples of how the blockade, which they described as cruel, criminal and illegal, has affected all sectors in Cuban life, from the shortage of medical equipment for children to the impossibility of trade between Cuban and US companies.

They also rejected the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act in May, which allows filing lawsuits aganst foreign companies investing in properties nationalized by Cuba after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

We held a very good and necessary activity; I hope they continue to happen in the future; more and more people should know and understand about the blockade, FORNORM President Elena Freyre told Prensa Latina.

Two days ago, 187 countries voted in favor of Cuba. Only three nations voted against (United States, Israel and Brazil) and two countries (Colombia and Ukraine) abstained, at a voting on a draft resolution submitted by Cuba against the US blockade at the United Nations General Assembly.


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